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Birch – Flame Roasted

Betula alleghaniensis
Also known as |
Thermally Modified Flame Birch|Thermo Flame Birch

“Roasting” Flame Birch involves gradually heating the wood up to temperatures of greater than 160 degrees celcius in special heat chambers made of stainless steel under anoxic conditions. The heat removes organic compounds from the wood cells, changing both the physical and chemical make-up of the wood. The process is natural and chemical free. It darkens the wood to a beautiful rich chocolatey brown color whilst still showing the gorgeous grain and figure of the underlying wood.

The thermally modified wood is more dimensionally stable, but the process does reduce bending strength and make the wood a little more brittle. This makes it chip a little easier than the un-modified lumber. The brittleness makes it less suitable for intricate cabinetry, but it is still an excellent choice for less intricate items such as floors, tops, panels, cladding etc.

Extra care needs to be taken when finishing thermally modified wood, as the “bone dry” wood has a tendency to “suck in” much of what is given to it. Our in-house woodworking specialist has had excellent results with Osmo PolyX. He suggests a thicker finish will work better.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

We just love the honey brown color that comes with the "roasting" process...

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    Main Color GroupDark Brown
    Grain Pattern Figured
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3616
    Janka Hardness - LBF
    Janka Hardness - N
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    Roasted Flame Birch – 20 BF
    20 BF Roasted Flame Birch project packLengths: 60"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance BF total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: Only 4/4 (nominal thickness) availableWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.
    PROJBIRCHFLR1001
    20 BF Roasted Flame Birch project packLengths: 60″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance BF total) Widths: 4″ and wider Thickness: Only 4/4 (nominal thickness) availableWe S2S by default – surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4″ less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $244.00

    Roasted Flame Birch – 20 BF
    20 BF Roasted Flame Birch project packLengths: 60"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance BF total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: Only 4/4 (nominal thickness) availableWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $244.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes

    BIRFLR1048
    38.13 × 4.8 × 0.94 in

    Wanes

    $16.63

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes

    BIRFLR1048
    38.13 × 4.8 × 0.94 in

    $16.63

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1048
    38.13 × 4.8 × 0.94 in

    $16.63

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes, Knot

    BIRFLR1047
    41.63 × 3.7 × 0.81 in

    Wanes, Knot

    $14.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes, Knot

    BIRFLR1047
    41.63 × 3.7 × 0.81 in

    $14.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1047
    41.63 × 3.7 × 0.81 in

    $14.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wane

    BIRFLR1046
    34.38 × 4.4 × 0.88 in

    Wane

    $15.12

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wane

    BIRFLR1046
    34.38 × 4.4 × 0.88 in

    $15.12

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1046
    34.38 × 4.4 × 0.88 in

    $15.12

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes, Nice board

    BIRFLR1044
    40.81 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

    Wanes, Nice board

    $22.43

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes, Nice board

    BIRFLR1044
    40.81 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

    $22.43

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1044
    40.81 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

    $22.43

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defects on e face

    BIRFLR1043
    31.75 × 4.2 × 0.81 in

    Defects on e face

    $12.12

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defects on e face

    BIRFLR1043
    31.75 × 4.2 × 0.81 in

    $12.12

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1043
    31.75 × 4.2 × 0.81 in

    $12.12

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wave on the edges

    BIRFLR1040
    49.81 × 4.13 × 0.88 in

    Wave on the edges

    $18.69

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wave on the edges

    BIRFLR1040
    49.81 × 4.13 × 0.88 in

    $18.69

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1040
    49.81 × 4.13 × 0.88 in

    $18.69

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes one face

    BIRFLR1039
    61.44 × 6.31 × 0.88 in

    Wanes one face

    $35.23

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wanes one face

    BIRFLR1039
    61.44 × 6.31 × 0.88 in

    $35.23

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1039
    61.44 × 6.31 × 0.88 in

    $35.23

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defects on the edges

    BIRFLR1037
    49.81 × 3.81 × 0.88 in

    Defects on the edges

    $17.24

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defects on the edges

    BIRFLR1037
    49.81 × 3.81 × 0.88 in

    $17.24

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1037
    49.81 × 3.81 × 0.88 in

    $17.24

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    NIce board

    BIRFLR1036
    49.88 × 6.96 × 0.88 in

    NIce board

    $34.70

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    NIce board

    BIRFLR1036
    49.88 × 6.96 × 0.88 in

    $34.70

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1036
    49.88 × 6.96 × 0.88 in

    $34.70

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wane, Defect

    BIRFLR1034
    49.81 × 5.88 × 0.88 in

    Wane, Defect

    $26.61

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Wane, Defect

    BIRFLR1034
    49.81 × 5.88 × 0.88 in

    $26.61

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1034
    49.81 × 5.88 × 0.88 in

    $26.61

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1032
    73 × 5.88 × 0.94 in

    Defect on edge.

    $39.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1032
    73 × 5.88 × 0.94 in

    $39.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1032
    73 × 5.88 × 0.94 in

    $39.00

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1030
    61.88 × 4.38 × 0.94 in

    Defect on edge.

    $24.63

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1030
    61.88 × 4.38 × 0.94 in

    $24.63

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1030
    61.88 × 4.38 × 0.94 in

    $24.63

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1028
    49.75 × 5.06 × 0.94 in

    Defect on edge.

    $22.87

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1028
    49.75 × 5.06 × 0.94 in

    $22.87

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1028
    49.75 × 5.06 × 0.94 in

    $22.87

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1027
    61.63 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    Defect on edge.

    $35.73

    Birch – Flame Roasted

    Defect on edge.

    BIRFLR1027
    61.63 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $35.73

    Birch – Flame Roasted
    BIRFLR1027
    61.63 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $35.73

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